"But this is absolute madness, ambassador. Why should you build such a thing?"Well, the paragraph that I excerpted in Friday's post no longer appears in the NYT article. Although Google (bless 'em!) still indexes the quote in that article, viz:
"There are those of us who fought against it, but in the end we could not keep up with the expense involved in the arms race, the space race, and the peace race. And at the same time our people grumbled for more nylons and washing machines. Our doomsday scheme cost us just a small fraction of what we'd been spending on defense in a single year. But the deciding factor was when we learned that your country was working along similar lines, and we were afraid of a doomsday gap."
"This is preposterous. I've never approved of anything like that."
"Our source was the New York Times!"
But the paragraph I excerpted no longer appears in the article, which appeared on page A1 of the August 30th issue.
So I have changed the text of Friday's post to properly identify her husband as "Todd Palin" and not "Daniel Norman", but I can no longer vouch for any part of the rest of that paragraph: army, sniper, etc. I'll make more corrections as appropriate.
Sorry to mislead you.